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Irish golfer Maguire named the world's best amateur for third consecutive year

The Cavan woman has again won the Mark H McCormack Medal.

Maguire (file photo).
Maguire (file photo).
Image: Nick Potts

FOR THE THIRD year in-a-row, Ireland’s Leona Maguire has picked up the Mark H McCormack Medal.

The prize, which is awarded to the leading golfer in the women’s amateur game, has gone to the Cavan native after a season that saw her claim victory in the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship as well as finishing second in the NCAA Championship individual standings.

About to begin her senior year at Duke University, she enjoyed three victories and managed to finish in the top six in every event.

22-year-old Maguire also won the Annika Award for the second time — an accolade presented to the best female collegiate golfer in the US.

It’s a huge honour for me,” said Maguire. “To win it once was one thing but to win it three times is quite a humbling feeling.

“I know there have been some great names before me but to have my name on there three times is something very special and something that I am very proud of.”

“Leona deserves huge credit for maintaining such a high level of performance over the last three seasons and is indeed a worthy winner of the McCormack Medal,” added Duncan Weir, executive director of golf development at The R&A.

“To remain top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking for as long as she has, shows that Leona has a tremendous competitive spirit as well as an excellent all-round game. I would like to congratulate her on the award and wish her well in her final year at college.”

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